ALTHA Residents in the small town of Altha are mourning the death of a teenager killed in a weekend accident on State Road 71 South.
When the graduating class of the local high school is about 30 students, and the total town population is just a little more than 600, the loss of a student ripples through the community.
16 year old Nolan Musgrove is best known for his love of baseball, his computer skills, and his jokes.
For the past few days, his family has been opening their doors to the community to help them and the town grieve.
Remembered fondly as the class clown, high school student Nolan Musgrove is still making his friends and family crack a smile, days after a car crash claimed his life.,
Florida Highway Patrol says 16 year old Nolan Musgrove was driving the Chevy Silverado about 4:15 in the morning when it drifted off the east shoulder, hit a utility pole, and overturned.
Nolan died in the crash.
His two passengers, Emily Sewell and Cole Miller were left with minor injuries, and a heavy heart.
Miller explains, "When I first moved here, he looked past my wild - the way I looked, the way I dressed, the way I acted, and he was one of my very first friends and I couldn't have asked for a better first friend to have."
Sewell says, "I thank god everyday that he was trying to keep me safe in the wreck, because I could be gone too. Because I should be gone if it wasn't for him."
A classmate adds, "He's just our hero and our angel and he's looking up at us right now."
This week was supposed to be Altha High School's homecoming week, but they've postponed it.
Nolan was on the Homecoming Court.
The family is thanking the community for all its support, from the local grocery store providing food to everyone who stopped by.